Your Post-Abortion Checklist

At Whole Woman’s Health, we aim to provide world-class reproductive healthcare. Abortion care is our specialty, made possible by outstanding physicians and trained, caring staff. You will be well cared for when you are with us, and we provide a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after your abortion to make sure you’re feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally well to continue your regular activities.

Whether you choose to have a medication abortion at home or an in-clinic abortion, there are some things you can do beforehand to care for yourself. With either procedure, you have the control to make this the experience you want it to be. We are here for you.

It should be noted that abortion is a very safe, common procedure and many people are able to resume regular activities in just a day or two following an abortion.

If you opt for a medication abortion, you’ll take the first pill (mifepristone) at the clinic. You’ll take the next set of pills (misoprostol) at home 24-48 hours later. Most people will begin bleeding and cramping within about 1-2 hours of taking the misoprostol. The heavier bleeding and cramping typically lasts for 4-6 hours and most people will pass the pregnancy during this time.

In the case of a medication abortion, you have the choice of being in the comfort of your home, in the company of a friend or family member, or perhaps with a partner. Maybe your bedroom is your cozy place, or maybe you’ll want to be in your living room with the fireplace going. This is an abortion on your own terms, and can be a very empowering experience.

If you opt for an in-clinic abortion, your experience at-home will be a little different, but you’ll still want to prepare to recover once you get home. During your in-clinic procedure, we are catering to you and making your time with us as relaxing and comfortable as it can be.

Here’s what you’ll want to have after your appointment:

  • A support person who is aware of your situation, and can give you a ride, if needed
  • Phone
  • Be within a one-hour drive of an emergency room
  • No obligations
  • Maxi pads (not tampons)
  • Thermometer
  • Plenty of fluids and light snacks
  • Ibuprofen and Tylenol

You’ll receive a similar checklist, along with a packet of information, to take home so you’ll know exactly what to expect while you’re at home.

In any case, consider this a time to practice self-care and spoil yourself a little! In addition to the items above, consider a few extra treats, such as:

  • TV shows or movies to binge-watch
  • Your favorite snacks
  • A good book
  • A heating pad
  • Magazines
  • Cozy items: favorite blanket, warm slippers, fluffy pillow
  • Comfy clothes and underwear that will fit a maxi pad
  • Tea
  • Journal
  • Aromatherapy/essential oils

Don’t forget that 2-4 weeks after your abortion, you’ll have a follow-up appointment to make sure the procedure and healing went as planned. If you have any questions during this time, don’t hesitate to call your nurse at the number provided to you during your appointment.